Wishing you & yours a fabulous New Year!
Thank you all so much for following along & making 2012 so incredibly special.
Here's to kicking 2013 in the balls!
"Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity" - Pantone.
"There’s our black and white homage to Marilyn Monroe in Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot(complete with silver ukulele) featuring a bird’s eye view of fashion from Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip and Elie Saab (among others) in Act I: By Request. Most impressive in this Act is its bird’s eye perspective onto the scene — it’s a trick beloved in the display world and is one our visual team enjoys sharing with its Fifth Avenue audience.
Called Naughty and Nice, Act II is a tribute to burlesque performer Sally Rand, inventor of the risque fan dance. Entirely white, the solo act exemplifies our visual team’s obsessive artistry: it’s covered in thousands (if not millions) of white feathers. The feathers are used as a mosaic and was constructed feather by feather. Every year our windows feature an antique collection of sorts (you may recall the twisting stairs from the Alice in Wonderland windows from a few years ago) and Act III showcases a collection of mid-century miniature American mannequins once used for display and merchandising, as well as for sewing practice. David spends months (if not years) building up these collections until the time is right, and this was the year to debut his miniature mannequins as 1920s Ziegfeld Follies girls on fifteen miniature stage reproductions made from replica 18th-Century wood moulding inA Cast of a Thousands.
Act IV, our Daredevil Act, is Fifth Avenue’s novelty act featuring a runway look from Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2013 runway collection. As David said, every show needs a novelty act, and ours highlights 24 plaster dogs performing every trick under the sun. Our windows are a practice in making the impossible possible — in twisting complexities to new levels by using old-world craftsmanship and artistry. Every surface of Act IV is covered in gold and silver leaf. While many Holiday Windows feature moving objects and contraptions, ours rarely are seen in motion. For our Finale,
Act V is the result of an idea brewing over the past year: a giant mirrored, rotating kaleidoscope. Prototypes were sketched and developed until the team discovered that beveled mirrors moving in both clockwise and counterclockwise movement created the best result. Approximately 1,000 individually beveled mirrors were used to create this kaleidoscope set into motion by 7 separate rotating motors. The effect should be dizzying, psychedelic… an homage to Busby Berkeley’s overhead kaleidoscopic camera shot seen in Footlight Parade. To complement the mirrored effect in this duo act are two custom-created gowns from Naeem Khan. Every year Naeem works with our visual team to dream up a dress for our Holiday Windows and this year’s creations dance in a way that mimics Berkeley’s famous waterfall number." - 5th/58th
Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM, Apple iPad Mini, Peter Pauper Press Keep Calm Cupcake & Eat A Cupcake Notebook, Nars Schiap Lipstick, Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb, J.Crew Leopard iPhone Case (monogram not included), Prada Baroque Sunglasses, J.Crew Ballet Slippers
"I think the idea of mixing luxury and mass-market fashion is very modern - wearing head-to-toe designer has become a bit passe. It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules. It's all about the individual and personal style, wearing high-end, low-end, classic labels, and up-and-coming designers all together." -Alexander McQueen